If you’re heading to the beach for your vacation, it’s tempting to spend most of your time in a lounge chair soaking up the sun. But sitting for long periods isn’t good for you, so use the change of scenery as an inspiration for beach vacation workouts — like running or yoga on the sand, walking and biking on the boardwalk, and playing spirited games of paddle ball.
Four Ideas for Your Beach Vacation Workouts
- Get a bikini body, in your bikini: You don’t need fancy equipment to get a great full-body workout — a stretch of sand can do the trick. Try these five simple beach exercises, which use the sand’s natural resistance to help you tone and tighten various muscle groups. Do them solo, or challenge your family and friends to a competition. Once you master these exercises, you can up your game by incorporating towels and beach balls.
- Wake up and salute the sun: Want to feel more energized and less guilty about eating too many vacation treats like pizza, ice cream, and salt water taffy? Throw a towel or mat on the sand, and greet the day with a sun salutation pose — many shore communities and beach resorts offer instructor-led beach yoga sessions. Yoga provides amazing health benefits that can last long after you’re back to the 9-to-5 grind. Check your favorite beach town’s website or events calendar for information.
- Walk like you mean it: One of the best things you can do for your health is also one of the most tried-and-true — taking a brisk walk. Check out this guide to the New Jersey Shore boardwalks, then lace up your sneakers (skip the flimsy flip-flops to avoid developing foot pain) and get walking. For maximum calorie burn, tackle the Atlantic City boardwalk — measuring four miles, it’s the Jersey shore’s longest stretch.
- Run for fun: Is running more your speed? Locally, there are fun runs (and walks) for every fitness level and interest at the New Jersey Shore through Labor Day weekend and into the early fall, many of which raise money for charity.
If you ask me, one of the best things about working up a sweat at the beach is, when you’re done, you can jump into the ocean to cool off!